first_imgHamdi Ulukaya, founder and chief executive officer at US-based Greek yoghurt manufacturer Chobani, has given employees a stake in the organisation.Some 2,000 full-time employees have been awarded shares, which will be worth up to 10% of the food production firm’s value at the point of the organisation’s sale or in the event of an initial public offering (IPO).The number of shares gifted to staff varies according to length of service.Ulukaya announced the news to employees at the organisation’s production site in New York on Tuesday 26 April.Ulukaya, who founded the organisation in 2005, is distributing the shares in recognition of employees’ hard work and dedication in helping to build the business.In a letter to employees Ulukaya said: “We’re beginning a new chapter for Chobani, and starting now we all have an opportunity to be a part of Chobani’s future. We’re calling it Chobani Shares, and every full-time member of the team will receive awards that provide an opportunity to share in the growth of the [organisation] over time.“This isn’t a gift. It’s a mutual promise to work together with a shared purpose and responsibility. To continue to create something special and of lasting value.“How we built this [organisation] matters to me, but how we grow it matters even more. I want you not only to be a part of this growth, I want you to be the driving force of it. To share in our success, to be rewarded by it.”last_img read more

first_imgFor travelers and The Lost Symbol enthusiasts seeking to be a part of their own Dan Brown-inspired adventure, The Dupont Hotel, which has recently undergone a $52 million transformation, is offering an “Ultimate Lost Symbol Package.” Located in Dupont Circle, the site of two lost symbols, The Dupont Hotel puts guests in the heart of power and intrigue in our nation’s capital – the perfect spot to start a Masonic mystery journey. The Dupont Hotel will provide guests everything they need to relive Robert Langdon’s quest and then relax and rejuvenate. The package is priced at $5999 + tax, double occupancy, and will be offered from October 18 through December 30, 2009.The “Ultimate Lost Symbol Package” includes:-A personal transfer to/from the airport -Two-night stay on club Level Nine in a King Suite, a private membership floor that is a separate and exclusive luxury hotel experience within The Dupont Hotel -A homemade leather bound journal and a new Duel View Samsung Digital Camera in order to document and capture the Lost Symbol journey -Two Burberry scarves to keep warm while touring the sights and locations of the novel -Two copies of The Lost Symbol upon your arrival -In-room breakfast delivery both mornings -A four-course dinner en suite for two on the evening of choice -A privately guided 8-hour Lost Symbol Adventure by *Gilt-Edge Luxury Tours and Travel International, which includes an A.M. tour of the George Washington Masonic Temple and Mount Vernon (additional charge); during the P.M. guests will drive-by the US Capitol, Smithsonian Museums Complex, Washington Monument, National Museum of Women in the Arts and The House of the Temple; and will also visit the US Botanic Gardens, Library of Congress and Freedom Plaza. The tour will begin at 9 A.M. and end at 5 P.M. -Lunch provided at an upscale restaurant in downtown DC -In-room massage for two, to relax and rejuvenate after the day’s adventure -In-room Champagne with chocolate covered read more